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Welcome to the Sociology Department at CSULB 

Statement of Support and Commitment (4-11-2016)


Dr. Kristine Zentgraf, Department of Sociology, Chair: Welcome to the Department of Sociology at California State University, Long Beach.  Offering B.A. and M.A. degrees as well as the Sociology minor, we are a vibrant and popular department in the College of Liberal Arts.  The Department is also home to the Metropolitan and Policy Studies Network’s (MAPS) with the mission of linking cutting-edge, applied scholarship with local on-the-ground community organizations, students, and social activists in order to encourage dialogue and solutions to an array of pressing urban social problems.

We take seriously our commitment to students and seek to develop in students the sociological knowledge and skills that enable them to think critically and imaginatively about society and social issues.  Through coursework, internships and faculty mentoring of student research the Department encourages a commitment to social change and social justice based on an appreciation of social and intellectual diversity and an awareness of social inequality.

Whether you are accessing this web page for the first time, or are a repeat user, whether you are one of our vast network of alums or just an interested member of the local, national or global community, we invite you to explore the wealth of information contained on this web site. Learn what an education in Sociology can do for you.  Share in our successes.  Learn about ways that you can get involved!

Department Highlights
Student Highlights

• Since 2011 the department has enrolled an average of 775 full-time equivalent students each semester, representing approximately 10% of CLA enrollment and graduated approximately 700 students.

• Students have participated in over 200 internships over the past three years alone including the American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood, Dramatic Results, Miller Children’s Hospital, CARE Program, Sierra Club, CHIRLA, Make a Wish Foundation, LAANE, the O.C. Chapter of the United Nations, as well as numerous schools, police/probation departments and youth programs throughout local communities.
• Sociology graduates have been admitted to a number of diverse M.A., Ph.D. and professional programs including: social work, public policy & administration, urban and regional planning, teacher education, school counseling, nursing, law, demographic and social analysis, sexuality studies and geography.
• Sociology Undergraduate students have recently received numerous research and service awards including McNair scholarships, the College of Liberal Arts – Outstanding Baccalaureate Award (2012-13), the Outstanding Sociology Undergraduate Award from the California Sociological Association (2013), the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Student Project Award (2013), the CSULB President’s Scholars Leadership Award 2013, the CSULB Community Service Award (2010-11 and 2011-12), the University of Michigan’s Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Award for the Junior Summer Institute (2013 and 2014) and the SAS Global Forum Student Scholarship Award (2014).

Faculty Achievements
Sociology Department Faculty have:
• Published more than 35 academic journal articles and book chapters and one book in the past few years.
• Presented over 30 research papers/posters at regional, national and international conferences.
• Have been invited to speak at venues including Brown University, Boston University, Harvard University, Oberlin College, Emory University, Vassar College,
University of Florida, Pannasastra University, Cambodia and University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
• Authored numerous newspaper/magazine articles and op-ed pieces.
• Participated in dozens of grassroots community organization events and training workshops and served on 4 community organization boards.
• Authored numerous policy reports and papers.
• Been awarded grants and fellowships from prestigious institutions and organizations including: CSULB – Research Infrastructure for Minorities Program, RIMI,
Fulbright Scholarship Program, Center for Khmer Studies, Haynes Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
• Received awards for excellence in teaching, research and community service